Invited Into Beauty

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Invited Into Beauty

By Susie Teramura

 

Taking the keys

Out of the ignition

In the early morning sun,

I head towards

The dentist office

Feeling a bit grumpy

And put out

By the whole ordeal.

 

Another check up,

Which ends up

For me,

To be another cavity,

Or two.

Ruminating over the fact

That I always get those things

While others

In the family

Have never even

 Had one.

My mood begins to sour,

 

But before

I enter the

Pink brick building

It catches my eye

Right in front of me,

 

Surrounded by deep

Purple and yellow flowers,

Is the most beautiful

Two tiered

Stone fountain,

 Gently trickling

 crystal clear water,

Exquisite.

 

I stop and pause and

Watch the water

Bubble up and over

And something

 In my heart calms,

And my spirit rests.

And I think

For a minute or two.

 

What just

 Happened here?

Where did

My grumpiness go?

 

Beauty,

It woke me up

To the present moment,

To the things happening now,

To life lived today.

And it stirred in me

A craving for

 More of You

Beautiful Savior

 Of my soul.

 

What is it

 About beauty,

That  draws me in,

And that I crave,

And want to be apart of?

 

It’s You.

Simply that.

You are

The Perfect One,

The beautiful, unblemished,

Lovely One.

 

You leave me

In awe,

Breathless,

And in wonder,

 

And as You

Take center stage

Other troubles

Seem to fade.

 

Everyday in

So many ways,

With Butterflies and

Buttered croissants,

Coffee and

Fresh baked cookies,

Tangerine sunsets

And gentle breezes blowing,

 

You are

Inviting me

Into that

Beauty,

Into You.

 

Staring one last minute

At that fountain,

Taking a deep breath,

I walk toward to door.

My dental appointment

Doesn’t seem so bad any more.

 

Psalm 29: 2

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty and majesty of His holiness [as the creator and source of holiness].

 Psalm 96:6

Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

 Psalm 27: 4

One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.

(Photo Credits- Hannah Teramura)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Invited Into Beauty

  1. Susie, so glad you are back. Sounds like the Lord was working a similar message in us this week – to see His ever unfolding beauty. Beautiful blooms, looking forward to Yellow 🙂

  2. Hi Susie! I just about squealed out loud when I saw your post in my email. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re back! I love how beauty wakes us up and stirs in us a greater craving for more of our Savior. I’m trying to open my heart to more of that beauty instead of focusing on the troubles in life. (By the way, you remind me that my dental check-up is long overdue. I keep putting it off. I don’t like going to the dentist either. I guess I’d better schedule and just look for the beauty…) Thank you for adding beauty to my life today! Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Yay Thanks Trudi! I am not sure if you had this experience too but, I had a really hard time starting up again. I just felt like I had nothing to say or write and doubted all over again. God is faithful though and so kind to me. I am learning he gives me what I need but seems to always be in the nick of time if you know what I mean?! I like plenty of time and I am always early on things – seems safer haha Idk! Anyway I am trying to be more positive too- i dwell on the negative more than I should! I am so sorry to remind you of that check up! hahah! I pray you run into beauty like I did and that He will carry you right through!! So thankful for you Trudi!! xox

      1. Yes, it was hard for me to start back up, too. I finally realized it was Satan trying to keep me away. But God has again showed both of us that He has the victory. 🙂

        I did make that dental appointment for next week. 😦 I hope I don’t have any cavities! I will remember to look for the beauty!

        I’m so thankful for you, too, Susie. Hugs!

  3. Susie,
    Welcome back!!! So glad to read your words again here you are, right where you left off, finding beauty, no matter where you are! Buttered croissants {with a few chocolate chips??} and tangerine sunsets — are slivers of the exquisite in the midst of our ordinary days– and I wish I could remember that when my day starts to go downhill and I succumb to the grouchiness that so often sidetracks me! I love the verse you included about gazing on the beauty of the Lord — that’s the secret of life, isn’t it?! I’m so glad you included one of your daughter’s photos and last but not least, I hope the dentist appointment turned out okay — that’s not one of my favorite stops either! xoxo So good to have you back!!

  4. Thanks Valerie! I missed being here! So grateful for you ! yes chocolate chips were definitely a part of those croissants! (how did you know?!!)…. maybe thats why I get these cavities :(!! and well, yeah,– They found another one!! UGH! I think there aren’t any more teeth to fill at my age- but nope they find another deep in a crack somewhere!! 😉 Oh well- so grateful for our beautiful God who lavishes His love on us each day -I just don’t want to miss it- but sadly most of the time I do! Praying He will teach me how to see and hear Him better and better!! with much love ! xoxox

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